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Lauren Smith
The Earl of Morrey
Lauren Smith, author
Letty Fordyce knows three things about her future husband: Lord Morrey is a dangerous man. He frightens her. She desires him. Adam Beaumont, the Earl of Morrey, is full of dark secrets. His brooding and mysterious allure draw women to him like moths to a flame. But he fears he can never marry, not when his secret life is full of constant danger. Letty doesn't want to be like other women, she wants a life for herself and a happy marriage to a respectable man, not someone with secrets like Lord Morrey. Yet from the moment she meets the charming rogue and he steals a kiss, she can't think of anyone else. When a night of terror sends her into Adam's arms, she'll be forced to choose between the life she thought she wanted and the man she's falling in love with.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10


Plot: A secret agent of His Majesty King George IV in the troubled years of the early nineteenth century, Adam Beaumont, the Earl of Morrey, has long desired Lady Leticia Fordyce, the sister of his new brother-in-law James Fordyce, the Earl of Pembroke, so when they are found in a compromising situation and forced into an engagement, he is a willing bridegroom-to-be. Could she ever love such a man, and, more importantly, could he truly love her? And so follows a complex, fast-paced tale of smoldering intrigue, love, romance, and murder, all leading to the surprising twist of fate and betrayal that concludes Book 14 of The League of Rogues series. It is no wonder there are – to date – 17 published or forthcoming books in this series. The vast cast of characters and their complex histories suggest it might be a good idea to begin at the beginning of the series, but even if one starts with Book 14, it is a story that will keep the reader engaged and gasping right to the very last page.

Prose/Style: The prose is straightforward and frugal, making this historical romance a great read for the beach or just a lazy weekend. The action moves quickly, and many readers will likely not be able to put the book down until they reach the last page.

Originality: The Earl of Morrey is an adventure, romance and mystery all rolled into one action-packed, high stakes drama.

Character Development/Execution: Letty has to learn to trust that Adam will love and protect her as he has promised. Yet she must find the courage to marry him before she can know for sure.

Date Submitted: July 27, 2021